Category: Buying Myths

    • Is Your First Home Now Within Your Grasp? [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights:

      • According to the US Census Bureau, “millennials” are defined as 18-36-year-olds.
      • According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the median age of all first-time home buyers is 32.
      • More and more “old millennials” (25-36) are realizing that homeownership is within their grasp now!
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • Now’s the Time to Move-Up and Upgrade Your Current Home!

      Homes priced at the top 25% of the price range for a particular area of the country are considered “premium homes.” In today’s real estate market, there are deals to be had at the higher end! This is great news for homeowners wanting to upgrade from their current house. Much of the demand for housing […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • Is Mortgage Debt out of Control?

      The housing crisis of the last decade was partially caused by unhealthy levels of mortgage debt. Homeowners were using their homes as ATMs by refinancing and swapping their equity for cash. When prices started to fall, many homeowners found themselves in a negative equity situation (where their mortgage was higher than the value of their […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • Millennials Are Increasing the Demand for Condominiums

      When deciding to buy a home, people are presented with many different options. The type of home you buy depends on your needs, budget, and in many cases, the desired maintenance level. For many millennials, their choice has been buying a condominium! According to CoreLogic, “Last year about 43% of all condo home-purchase mortgage applications […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • 2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

      Freddie Mac recently released a report entitled, “Perceptions of Down Payment Consumer Research.” Their research revealed that, “For many prospective homebuyers, saving for a down payment is the largest barrier to achieving the goal of homeownership. Part of the challenge for those planning to purchase a home is their perception of how much they will need to save […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • The Benefits of a 20% Down Payment

      If you are in the market to buy a home this year, you may be confused about how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people you talk to will tell you that you need to save 20% or you won’t be able to secure a mortgage. The truth […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • Slaying the Largest Homebuying Myths Today [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights: The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%! Mortgage interest rates have been on the decline since November! Hop in now to lock in a low rate! 88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months! Th...
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth

      “I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage.” – John Stuart Mill (1840s) Even back in the mid-1800s, people knew that negative news sells. That is still true today. All forms of […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability

      Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate. Understandably, buying a home is more expensive now than immediately following one of the worst housing crashes in American history. Over the past decade, the market was […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan
    • One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home

      The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses. In combination with higher rents, survey after survey has shown that non-homeowners (renters […]
      Written by Keeley Ryan